ARIZONA ELECTION

Martha McSally to accompany Trump to Luke AFB on Friday

Oct 15, 2018, 7:23 PM | Updated: 8:39 pm
U.S. Senate candidates, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., left, and U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ar...
U.S. Senate candidates, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., left, and U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., prepare their remarks in a television studio prior to a televised debate, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Phoenix. Both ladies are seeking to fill the seat of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who is not running for re-election. (AP Photo/Matt York)
(AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally announced she planned to accompany President Donald Trump to Luke Air Force Base as part of Trump’s scheduled visit to Arizona on Friday.

Trump was scheduled to hold a rally near the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa as part of a three-day campaign tour to western states including Montana, Nevada and Arizona.

McSally broke the news early in her debate with Democratic rival Kyrsten Sinema on Monday night, the only scheduled debate between the two candidates.

“I’m going to keep working with him, in fact, host him at Luke Air Force Base on Friday, the base Sinema threatened to shut down,” McSally said.

In 2002, running as an independent for the U.S. House of Representatives, Sinema expressed support for closing Luke Air Force Base in a candidate questionnaire saying, “I do not support our country’s trend of expanding and increasing militarization.”

In 2018, Sinema met with base commanders, including Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, at LAFB and has since changed her tone. She expressed her support for the base in a recent tweet.

McSally’s background included nearly 22 years of experience in the U.S. Air Force before serving Arizona’s 8th congressional district for six years.

The two are lobbying for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.

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